The Love Bond #5

Chapter- 6

The Love Bond
Mystical Past

The prolonged era of the Austro – Hungarian Empire led to the formation of an central European country named the Czechoslovakia in October 1918. The levels of peace and prosperity of this sovereign state was witnessing a gradual decline by the invasion of its neighbours into its economic and political affairs. Years past by and towards the end of 1930’s after the World War I the Hungarians and the wild merciless Nazi rule started to spread it’s wings of power across the European states. By the blink of an eye, the peace was destroyed in the households of the Czechoslovakia.
The clouds went dark, the air was filled with poisonous gas. Exploding sounds came unexpectedly breaking the silence.Could it be thunder or the bombarding of the nearby buildings? Puzzled the people of the country in perfect dilemma At least for a minute, The citizens of Czechoslovakia was in despair. As Nazism grew in power Jews were hunted down from any possible ways they could and was send to the death camps. Some of them were assigned to do construction works. Hungarians on the other side added more complexity to the game of live or conquer. Czechoslovakia was witnessing it’s downpour.
1944- March, Bratislava. 9:00 PM
The Hornik family was having their supper listening to the radio on the latest political forms. Fresh plates of Brindzove Halusky which is a dish which generally the Czechoslovaks considered to be of national importance made from sheep cheese and potato dumplings was served on the tables by the maid Lara who is been with the Hornik household for 15 years now.
The Hornik family is well known across for their power and influence in the town which they have made through their family business. They have the biggest mansion in their neighbourhood and number of staffs apart from Lara to take good care of the household. Peter Hornik the head men of the family continued his traditional business of Exporting wool to the nearby European states.
Sylvia, peter’s wife was pregnant with their third child the eldest two being boys Simon and Samo.
The pregnancy period for her this time was a tough one, the country was facing a great political instability due to the World War II with no proper medical facilities and fierce circumstances. Smoke and dust filled the atmosphere at all times.
The World War II was in a way bringing some hope to the Czechoslovaks that the German and Hungarian power would loose it’s grip on the country and would bring peace back.
Peter and Sylvia along with their son’s were having dinner. Suddenly the alarm from the military base started to sound sending out alertness for the entire citizens to remain indoors. The city is again under attack.
Peter rushed  outside to shut the gates. They kept their doors and windows closed.
Sylvia said “I could feel the vibrations on the floor, are they bombing the city again? “.
Terror ran across Peter’s face ” No dear, they can’t do anything because god is in our side” replied peter in a shattered voice.
Sylvia was nine and half months pregnant. She was waiting for the delivery anytime soon. The sound of the bombshells created fear in her.
The electricity went off and it was dark. Lara took a match box and a candle stick and lit them. Five of them sat in the living room silently in the light of the candle stick till the sound of the explosions stopped.
All of a sudden Sylvia started to have uneasiness in her stomach. She started to feel the pain. She kept quite and tried to ignore it. When it started to get intensive she said ” The pain, I can feel the pain” in a low voice and kept holding to her stomach.
Peter got shocked initially thinking that their is no possibility of getting outside to take her to the medical dispensary.
Lara kept her hands to her mouth and kept staring at Sylvia. The boys had already fallen asleep in their wait for the bombing to get over.
“Mistress! Please lay down on the bed” said Lara.
“We need to call the mid wife immediately Sir” said Lara to Peter.
” But we are not supposed to leave the house, we would be captured and killed by the Germans” said Peter.
“Sir, if you could take care of her for a little time, I can rush downhill and inform the mid wife and ask her to come over quickly” said Lara.
“I think is absolutely risky, you have no guarantee for your life! ” said Peter loudly.
“I know very well sir, I am confident enough that I can do this” replied Lara.
The rain started drizzling in the mean time. Lara took her raincoats and umbrella and set out downhill to inform the midwife.
By the time she reached half the way the rain started pouring heavily. She could barely see the road. She trembled over the pebbles and rocks and managed to move forward.
At a long distance she could see the smoke and huge fire from the cathedral. Indicating one more church is down by the Germans. She kept walking quickly without getting the sight of any troops. In each foot step she made Sylvia’s face kept coming into her mind and she could hear her crying in pain. She must bring the mid wife for her mistress that was all that she could hear from her inner self.

To be Continued….
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Copyright by Gokul Vijayan.

The Love Bond #3

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Chapter-4

The Love Bond

The First Impressions

The train kept moving leaving behind the alps,mountains and the snow covered fields nearing to the Slovakian capital. The two men started to have conversations to run off the time. Mervin, is a very smart and an energetic person and a very good orator, some people do possess this good quality of charisma who can take over other hearts.

Mervin told Ayush about this beautiful country and its past from being Czechoslovakia to Czech and Slovakia. Well, Ayush listened to his talk with great interest. Twenty minutes of their time past by and Mervin stood up and moved away to make a call. In the mean time Ayush took the brochures of the train which was kept behind the seats and went through its pages. The temperature was -2 degree Celsius outside. Dark, cold and snowy but the cozy cuisine seats and the heaters in the train made them comfortable.

The speakers in the train said the next station is Brastislava Hlavna Stanica station. In about 5 minutes the train would approach the Slovakian capital.Mervin ended his call and came towards Ayush and asked ” you might really feel Hungary for sure apart from the little meal you had on the flight, I guess”.

“Yes, i am but its absolutely OK i would just go to the apartment and Mr James would be their waiting for me” said Ayush.

“I was talking to my mom and she is asking to bring you home for having dinner, its nearby” said Mervin.

“Oh thanks, but not this time it’s really late and i am tired just wanted to have some good sleep” reluctantly replied Ayush.

“No, please feel free. Do come or my mom would be upset” said Mervin with distress.

“Mom ? do you live with your family here ?” curious Ayush asked.

Smiled Mervin nodded his head and said ” Please do come, if you could give me Mr James number i will inform him and i will drop you to the apartment”.

Upon so much of request, even though Ayush was tired he accepted his offer to have dinner along with him late night and not to make Mervin’s mom waiting for them unhappy.

The train stopped at the Bratislava station, They took their luggage’s and got down their train.It was cold has hell, and the intensity of cold was much felt in their skins. They walked along the pavements that was filled with the midnight snow. They could hear the wolves hollowing in the dark. Some streets were dark and empty and felt like they were nobody living in that place for decades. Slovakian building looked so much ancient and beautiful and rich in architecture to Ayush’s eyes. They kept walking, the strong cold winds kept blowing onto their face which was the only part that they did not cover up.

Ayush kept following Mervin, it was a little bit difficult for the new young Indian man in Slovakia to catch up with the speed of Mervin in this cold but they kept walking along the low lit streets of Bratislava.

The time was 1:00 am. The shops were all closed down but at the end of the street Ayush could see the lights from a hotel which was still kept open at this time of the day. As they approached closer Ayush saw a old white Slovakian lady Covered in mufflers and sweaters sitting on a bench in-front of the hotel in the blistering cold as if she was waiting for someone.

Mervin said ” Ayush ! we are almost here. The woman that you see is my mom. She is waiting for you, i work in this hotel”

” Your mom ? you work here ? Why is see suffering this cold just tell her to go inside” replied Ayush with a little bit of confusions.

The woman got up from the bench and hugged Mervin and Ayush and asked her guest ” How was your journey my son ?”.

She spoke good English which actually fascinated Ayush. He said ” Oh well its was comfortable, I am so delighted that i met Mervin or else i would have been a bit worried.”

Ayush gave a look at this beautiful hotel from outside and the name really made him so surprised, it was written “Krishna Inn”. He taught to himself, a hotel named Krishna Inn in Slovakia. Absolutely surprising.

Mervin said ” This is Sofia Reznik, 75 years old. She is the owner of this hotel and i work here in this hotel. She is like my mom not just for me for every employ here  “.

Ayush asked “How many employees here ?”

“There are fifteen here, all Indians” Said Mervin.

It was really surprising for Ayush to know that a Slovakian woman running a Indian restaurant and all of the employees where Indians and they loved her and took care of her as their own mom.

“Son, you can have any kind of Indian food you want here” Said Sofia with so much of love in her hearts.

Ayush was so much delighted and felled home. He had his stomach full with those Indian delicacies. It was getting late and was time to leave.

“Son, do come tomorrow morning to have your breakfast, i will get you something special” Said the old woman to Ayush.

Ayush thanked her so much and Mervin.

Sofia asked Mervin to drop Ayush to his apartment were Mr James is. She insisted Mervin to take her luxurious Cadillac from her garage and drop him at his place. Mervin did as she said.

Ayush thanked her for the dinner and told her that he will come for breakfast tomorrow and got in the car along with Mervin to his apartment. He kept looking from the rear view mirror and saw that woman kept looking at them in the cold drive by until they vanished from her vicinity.

So much of taught’s kept lingering in his mind. Why does that woman waited in that harsh cold for someone she hasn’t seen so far ? Why does this woman invited me over and treat a stranger like me so well ? How did she have a hotel named Krishna Inn ? What makes her so special to her employees ?  Why did she give her Cadillac ? so much of questions in his mind but he was tired and all he wanted was to get to the apartment and fall asleep as soon as possible.

 

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Copyright by Gokul Vijayan

To be continued soon……….

 

Here Is What Folklore Tales From Kochin Has To Say !!

That feeling when your taken back into the strange and beautiful era of past ? I got those feel on my visit to this place in Kochin. Yes, i am talking about the Folklore Museum at Thevera.

 

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Folklore Museum at Folklore Junction, Thevera.

 

The first aspect that captures everyone’s notice is the appearance of the building, built in rich Kerala ethnic style.Then what to expect in the interiors ? Yep, Smoothed wooden flooring adds to its beauty and tradition. Great ambiance and the building has made utilized the space to its maximum without causing any discomfort to the visitors by proper displays and labels with descriptions.

 

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Beautifully maintained interiors. 

 

Some of the artifacts are really awe striking. Indeed, some displays the richness of the Kerala as well as the Dravidian culture and traditions.

The single sculptured lion was one of my favorite. It’s got a unique attractiveness 😉 here is the image below.

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Beautiful yet, ferocious Huh?

 

In the ground floor you can almost cover the sculptures and wooden artifacts.

 

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Ground Floor
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Elegant.
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Masks depicting various facial expressions.
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Olden potteries at display.
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OMG!! Hundreds of artifacts like beetles boxes,instruments etc glassed.  
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Guess what ? Ancient measuring tapes !
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Kathakali art-form costume
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Miniature house boats at souvenir shop.
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String Puppets
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Traveler’s Choice

These galore of artifacts can be visited with a entry of Rs 200 for adults and Rs 100 for children. For video and photography an additional of Rs 100 has to be paid at the ticket counter. The museum is open on all days from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. For contact: Phone no: 0484 266 5452.

Eminent personalities have visited this museum including Prince Charles on his visit to Kochin. A must visit place to look back into the prolific history.

Cultural custom stage shows are also organised for a minimum of 100 members which is booked well in advance.

For queries drop it below !!